eBay Buyers Tips
"Partner" Checkout - DON'T DO IT!
I encountered this today (10-19-06). That's why I created
this page. I have never seen it before. I should have
realized something was amiss when it was difficult to
determine a shipping amount. All the checkout screens were
foreign - there were TWICE as many as normal eBay checkout.
I just assumed that eBay had updated their "checkout
interface". Then, the software asked me for my PASSWORD.
HUH? WHAT PASSWORD? My eBay password? I'm ALREADY signed in.
I do not know them from Adam, so I backed out IMMEDIATELY. I
DID NOT COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION.
10-19-06: EVEN THOUGH I did NOT enter the required password,
did NOT complete the transaction, and backed all the way
out, and EVEN THOUGH I received an email from them, which
stated that "I can file with eBay that we have mutually
agreed to not complete the transaction", and I AGREED to
my ebay "Items I've Won" now tells me to "PAY NOW". I DIDN'T
BUY IT. HELLO? If you don't complete checkout, they will
COMPLETE IT FOR YOU. Password or no
(Update 10-20-06: Because this
transaction has been "mutually agreed" to be withdrawn by
both parties, I have agreed not to reveal the problem
username, who is using the problem "third-party-checkout
system". In return, there will be no "strike" against me
(interesting term). I shall therefore discuss this problem
in general terms.)
I want to deal
with eBay, and EBAY ONLY. What am I supposed to do? Spend
extra time trying to check out some OTHER PAYEE, who
jumps in front of my face, with a NEW LIST of "Terms" longer
than my arm? Not likely. The standard eBay system has worked
perfectly in the past. I have NO INTEREST in any previously
unknown, unannounced, and undefined
third party transactions.
In the future, if you are checking out, and everything does
not look familiar, back out immediately. Unless you like to
jump through extra hoops, and immediately trust someone you
don't know, right out of the wild blue yonder! No
introduction, no nothing. "Oh, eBay isn't here right now,
but I will take your money, after you give me your
password." No way, José. Do you think I'm an
THE BAD NEWS - Loss of eBay Trust
I have not been able to find a list of "trusted eBay
partners" at eBay Help, or by searching Google. If they are
so "trusted", then why won't eBay tell us who they are? And
HOW MANY there are? Or even that they EXIST? Pop-up
surprises do NOT work for me, thank you.
There is NO
MENTION of their "Partnership" with eBay, on eBay.
There is NO MENTION of their "Partnership" with eBay on
In my experience, it's the companies with the longest
disclaimers, and most boilerplate that you should fear. This
outfit has more boilerplate than the Titanic - it's all
about them, and not much about you.
If you are buying an item, and the checkout screens look
DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL, leave immediately. That's my
Further research has revealed the following non-ebay
checkout systems -
Bidpay, and Kyozou. These companies are mentioned
here (not any
Did you find this eBay Buyers Guide helpful? If so, don't
Just be careful.
Thank you for your